To Horace Mann
your neighbours have been too hasty; they are new style, at least, eleven days before us. Tell them, tell Eichcourt, tell his Cleopatra2, that all their hopes are vanished, all their faith in Secret Committees—the reconciliation3 is made, and whatever report their secretships may produce, there will be at least above a hundred votes added to our party. Their triumph has been but in hope, and their hope has failed in two months4.
As to your embroil with Eichcourt, I condemn you excessively: not that you was originally in fault, but by seeming to own yourself so. He is an impertinent fellow, and will be so, if you'll let him. My dear child, act with the spirit of your friends here; show we have lost no credit by losing power, and that a little Italian minister must not dare to insult you. Publish the accounts I send you ; which I give you my honour are authentic. If they are not, let Cytheris, your Antony's travelling concubine, contradict them.
You tell me the St. Quintin is arrived at Genoa; I see by the prints of to-day that it is got to Leghorn: I am extremely glad, for I feared for it, for the poor boy, and for the things. Tell me how you like your secretary. I shall be quite happy, if I have placed one with you that you like.
I laughed much at the family of cats I am to receive. I believe they will be extremely welcome to Lord Islay now; for he appears little, lives more darkly and more like a wizard than ever. These huge cats will figure prodigiously in his cell: he is of the mysterious, dingy nature of Stosch.
As words is what I have not rhetoric to find out to thank you for sending me this paragraph of Madame Goldsworthy,
2 Lady Walpole.
3 Between the King and the Prince of Wales.
4 Lord Limerick's motion to ex-
amine into the conduct of Sir Robert Walpole'a ministry -was made March 9,1742.